Access to Practical Nursing

Access to Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Program will start on October 30, 2017.

Practical Nursing Access (PN Access) program have been approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of British Columbia. Canadian Health Care Academy offers a 13 month (3 semesters) Access to Practical Nursing program. Our Access to Practical Nursing program is approved and recognized by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC). The curriculum provides a learning experience that is integrated, professional, collaborative, and culturally sensitive with an aim to prepare graduates to care for individuals at multiple life stages and in a variety of practice settings. Upon successful completion of the program, learners will possess the competencies to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE)

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent (ABE, GED)
  • English 12 with C+ or Technical Communication for Practical Nursing with B+ or English for Nursing with a C+
  • Biology 12 or Human Biology with a C or Biology for nursing with a C
  • Math 11 Principles with grade C or Math 11 Foundation with a grade C or Math for Nursing with a grade of C
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nursing with a grade of C+ or equivalent, must be completed prior to the start of PN program
  • Successful completion of HCA, RCE, or HS/RCA certificate or Internationally Educated Nurse, or have a BC care aide registry
  • Minimum 600 hours of work experience in a facility where care is provided to a group of gerontology clients as a care aide or health care assistant or Registered Nurse in a facility. Individualized homecare experience is not acceptable.
  • Language Proficiency Entrance Exam (minimum 65%)
  • Math Assessment Exam

The following are to be completed prior to the first practice education experience:

  • CPR level “C”.
  • Criminal Record Check
  • All the online orientation courses required by the Health Authority, including fit testing
  • Immunization as required by sites of practice education and recommended by BC Centre for Disease Control (2009): diphtheria and tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), varicella, and influenza
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray. Students who do not meet the immunization requirements may be prohibited from attending practice education experiences given particular Health Authority, or practice education site organization/agency policy.


Registration Fee:

  • $150 for domestic students
  • $200 for international students

Program Fee:

  • $20,000 for domestic students
  • $25,000 for international students

Textbooks: $2,600

Lab Fee: $550

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